Likud party on bill to split AG role: It’s not on the agenda

Shortly after about a third of its lawmakers submitted a bill to split the role of the attorney general, Likud distances itself from the legislation.

The party issues a statement saying the bill is a “private” one that “was not coordinated with the leaders of the coalition, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not a partner to it.

“Such bills will not be advanced without the approval of the coalition leaders and [this bill] is not on the agenda.”

This is the second time in as many days that Likud is forced to distance itself from a contentious bill, after ultra-Orthodox lawmakers presented a bill Tuesday to enshrine the value of Torah study in a quasi-constitutional Basic Law. The legislation was quickly shot down by Likud amid backlash.

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